Lester Buford
son of
W. T. Buford

from
The Gainsville Florida Daily Sun
January 12, 1905

SHOT BOTH HER EYES OUT
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Woman Handling Parior Rifle when it accidently Discharged
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Tilton, Georgia, January 10, 1905
A very sad accident occurred Sunday at McDonald's mills, in Coffee County, in which Mrs. W. M. Buford, an aged lady at that place, was seriously if not fatally injured.

W. T. Buford, a son of Mrs. Buford, and his little boy, Lester, 6 years of age, had gone hunting with a parior rifle.  Upon their return to the premises Mr. Buford gave the rifle to his little boy, Lester, and asked him to carry it to his grandmother and have her put it away.  Lester went in the house with the rifle and when his grandmother reached to take it from him, Lester threw it to his shoulder.

The rifle was discharged, the ball first striking Mrs. Buford in the left temple, going straight through the head, taking both eyes out and lodging in a plank in the wall.

The best medical aid was at once summoned and at last accounts Mrs. Buford was resting as well as could be expected, though it is said that there is no hope for recovery.



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